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Helpful Software and Apps

Below are some programs and apps that can help support learning.


Platform(s): iOS

Website: Built in to iOS

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Basic note app that lets you type or handwrite notes (or drawings)
  • Create checklists, scan documents, insert photos, and videos
  • Can organize with folders and sub-folders as needed
  • Searchable and backs up to iCloud
  • Can create notes with Siri

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Mac, Web, Windows

Website: www.evernote.com

Cost: Free; Premium subscription: $7.99/month, Business subscription $14.99/month

Features:

  • Searchable notetaking editor that syncs across platforms
  • Sort and organize by date, title, or tag
  • Insert PDFs, Images, and other documents
  • Ability to share notebooks with other people

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Web

Website: Built into Android; can be downloaded on iOS

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Basic note app that lets you type or handwrite notes (or drawings)
  • Create checklists, scan documents, insert photos, and videos
  • Can organize with labels and colors
  • Searchable and can be accessed on any device
  • Can create notes with Google Assistant
  • Can add collaborators to notes

Platform(s): Windows, Mac, Google Chrome

Website: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/

Cost: Free for all MSU Denver students

Features:

  • Check It - A proofreading tool that checks for spelling, grammar, homophone, and confusable word errors.
  • Text-to-Speech - Reads text aloud with dual color highlighting and natural-sounding voices. Works in Microsoft Word, PDFs, and on the web.
  • Screenshot Reader - Converts inaccessible text to accessible text through OCR.
  • PDF Reader - A built-in reader that includes the ability to enable Text-to-Speech via Click to Speak.
  • Highlights - Allows users to highlight and color code sections of text on a page, to facilitate summarizing, categorizing, and higher order skills.

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Mac, Web, Windows

Website: www.onenote.com

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Content can be organized by pages, sections, and whole notebooks
  • Tags and highlights can help identify important info within notes
  • Can type, handwrite, and draw anywhere on page and move it as needed
  • Can insert images, documents, and audio files
  • Saves automatically, and can sync across multiple devices
  • Can share and collaborate

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Web

Website: www.otter.ai

Cost: Free; Premium subscription: $9.99/month

Features:

  • Records audio and transcribes in real time, automatically identifying different speakers (up to 600 mins per month on the Free plan)
  • Automatically generates keywords from recording
  • Text is searchable, editable, and can be highlighted
  • Can export recordings to save or share

Platform(s): Windows, Mac; companion app for Android and iOS

Website: https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker#audio-notetaker-demo

Cost: $149 per year; Free for Access Center students

Features:

  • Capture audio, text and slides in a single note-taking workspace.
  • Organise and categorise note sets so you can easily return to them.
  • Turn your notes into a variety of formats to suit your learning style.
  • Improve audio quality and extract only what's useful.

Platform(s): iOS, Mac

Website: www.soundnote.com

Cost: $4.99

Features:

  • Type or handwrite notes (including doodles)
  • Records audio to sync with written notes (tap notes to play audio from that time frame)
  • Ability to share notes and audio via email
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